As per the HC order, while the Tank Bund was totally out of bounds, Hussainsagar was open for immersion of clay idols only near PV Ghat, Sanjivaiah Park and Secretariat stretch. PoP idols were allowed to be immersed only in the special baby ponds dug by GHMC in the city.
But a visit to Hussainsagar by TOI revealed that very few people were even aware of the order.
While officials did remove the cranes from the Tank Bund after the HC order, thousands of devotees continued to immerse PoP idols in the lake near People’s Plaza in violation of court ban.
“There is no provision for immersion at Tank Bund, but authorities have made some arrangements at People’s Plaza. I have just immersed my idol in the lake after conducting the puja,” said M Harini.
Many have also raised concerns about the lack of arrangements for immersion of clay idols and big community idols that might not fit in the 28 baby ponds across the city.
“The court directed authorities to stop immersion from Tank Bund. But what about those who want to immerse clay idols? Since there is no one here to guide us, we had to lift a nearly 6-ft idol and immerse it in the lake ourselves,” said Sai Prasad, a resident of Khairatabad.
For all those with PoP idols, guidance from the state government was overdue.
“We have installed a 12-ft idol in our society this year. The PoP idol was bought before the HC passed the order. Where are we supposed to immerse now? It is four days since the festival began and there are no clear guidelines from the authorities so far,” said Ramesh Mudhiraj of Ganesh Mandal Utsav Committee in Somajiguda.
With the high court on Monday dismissing the review petition filed by GHMC commissioner seeking relaxations in its order regarding immersion of PoP idols in Hussainsagar, the ball is now firmly in the government’s court.